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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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world-class

1,207 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 731
Gots: 510 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged 200 days in an Elijah Craig bourbon barrel.

(Beer added by: Jmoore50 on 12-29-2009)
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VeggieNugget

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-06-2013 00:28:58 | More by VeggieNugget
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours quite dark but not absolutely black. Moderate light penetration. Head is a burnt tan color. Head dies off to nearly nothing. Small, dark lacing freckles along the glass. The body doesn't look very viscous during the pour (understandable at its ABV).

S-Bourbon is more intricate than intense. Oak and vanilla with dancing spice. Tobacco too. Charred and chocolate but predominantly java-ish. Roasted espresso beans. Warm dark chocolate and baker's chocolate powder.

T-Flavor is very delectable. Much more complex than most Bourbon Stouts but less intense than many as well. The bourbon is again very multifaceted in its flavor offerings. Vanilla and tobacco all over the place. I don't really pick up much honey (noted as an ingredient on the label). The espresso is the heaviest flavor. The various depictions of chocolate don't slouch either.

M-Lighter for the style. Subtle, massaging carbonation. Hints of alcohol. Not overly viscous. The flavor lasts (more coffee than bourbon).

O/D-One hell of a drink. Of course, the $28 price-tag is an absolute killer. Definitely too pricey. I had to grab it when I saw it though. I really loved what the barrel brought to the flavor equation. Flavors are more toned than bulky. When I think of this compared to a $12 bomber of Bourbon County Coffee Brand Stout, this variety of Eclipse just doesn't stand up in both the flavor and price department. Worth a shot one time...unless you got plenty of cash to burn.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 22:03:44 | More by VelvetExtract
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andthevolcano

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-04-2013 21:41:03 | More by andthevolcano
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kevgod

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-04-2013 04:02:23 | More by kevgod
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jegross2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-03-2013 19:52:42 | More by jegross2
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JonNunes

Nevada

4/5  rDev -10.5%

02-02-2013 08:33:36 | More by JonNunes
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-02-01 in Columbia, PA (BR1 2012 code)

A - Opaque dark brown with a 3-finger head that leaves medium lacing.

S - Sweet aromas of bourbon, coconut, vanilla, medium roasted grain and chocolate malt. . Very appealing.

T - Bold and delicious. Sweet dark roasted grain, bourbon oak, vanilla, chocolate and very dark/dried cherry, The welcome alcohol sweetness and bite compliments the bourbon flavor. It's not too sweet though and is well-balanced with some char, light smoke and peat. Finishes with some lingering peaty/chocolate malt and roasted bitterness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O - Had this served at 60 degrees and it warmed some from there. Gotta say that I like this more than Founders KBS. It is quite expensive and I can't/won't make a habit of having this on a regular basis but I sure am glad I've got another bottle tucked away for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 22:57:15 | More by Tucquan
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-01-2013 07:15:13 | More by Hugonaut13
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CityofBals

Illinois

1/5  rDev -77.6%

01-31-2013 23:15:18 | More by CityofBals
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-31-2013 20:05:40 | More by waddellc2
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-31-2013 16:01:48 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

After digging through the esthetically pleasing purple way it was poured into a snifter

A- pours dark brown/black. Finger worth of creamy khaki head.

S- honey. Bourbon. Chocolate

M- smooth and creamy

t- honey and bourbon at first then a smooth warm chocolate finish.

O- great bourbon barrel stout. I'm glad I had it fresh but the high price tag may steer me away in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 03:10:33 | More by AdamF625
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garrisonp

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-31-2013 01:51:51 | More by garrisonp
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pmoore311

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-29-2013 18:42:16 | More by pmoore311
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Durb777

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-28-2013 14:11:26 | More by Durb777
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djmichaelk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-28-2013 05:41:30 | More by djmichaelk
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grrrah

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-28-2013 03:58:56 | More by grrrah
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mcintire78

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-28-2013 01:25:53 | More by mcintire78
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joe for breaking this out randomly during our epic tasting!

Poured very black with garnet/mahogany hues in the light. Adorned by a big beige cap that left ample trails of lace. This is a very roasty and toasty imperial stout. Lots of burnt notes here, maybe even toasted marshmallow. Biscuit and caramel leading into lots of vanilla and oak. It's like someone took Blackout Stout and tossed in a spoonful of bourbon. Medium bodied and spritzy carbonation. Quite a delicious beer and always welcome in any tasting I attend!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 19:17:44 | More by DmanGTR
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azureoval

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-27-2013 04:55:56 | More by azureoval
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-27-2013 02:34:18 | More by hooliganlife
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-27-2013 02:04:13 | More by popery
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.5%

01-26-2013 22:10:29 | More by phishphorce
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LaChupacabra

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-26-2013 21:14:30 | More by LaChupacabra
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Kendo

New York

4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Handwritten notation on bottle says "BR/3" and "2012." Consumed on 1/25/2013.

A: Poured from the 22 oz bottle - after cutting through the purple wax seal - into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black. No light is penetrating, not even at the edges. Smallish (maybe a half-finger) light-brown head on top settles pretty quickly to leave a little ring of lace behind. Good splotches of lace on the way down.

S: Bourbon. But not in an over-the-top, in-your-face sort of way. It's integrated nicely, with strong scents of vanilla and a woody, tannic hint as well.

T: Oooooh that's good. First impression is the bourbon. Alcohol heat is definitely felt on the palate and especially on the way down. After a couple sips and a bit of a palate adjustment period, however, I get a good amount of chocolate malt underneath the booze. Don't get me wrong, this is still a big, boozy beer and a sipper rather than a roasty or chocolatey quaffer; but there's more to it than the bourbon. There's a touch of molasses as well, but a nice, tannic bitterness at the finish provides a surprising amount of balance.

M: This is a heavyweight. Carbonation is modest; a slightly slick sipper.

O: This is really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 03:19:47 | More by Kendo
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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